Marco Pucci Catena began his professional experience as a director with the staging of a series of one act plays by Pirandello (All'uscita, L'uomo dal fiore in bocca, La Patente) between 1981 and 1985, and also the complete comedy Così è se vi pare. Subsequently, he directed Zio Vania by Cechov and Evgenij Onegin by Puskin, expanding his repertoire also in operetta: Cin-ci-là by Lombardo & Ranzato, Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) by Lehár and one of his own performances on the world of operetta, Donne Donne Eterni. In 1994 he began with La prova di un'opera seria by Francesco Gnecco in Cesena and the following year he directed an opera by Valentino Bucchi, Il Contrabbasso, performed in Chiavari.
Between 1995 and 2001, Marco Pucci Catena directed the following operas: Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Il Turco in Italia by Rossini, for which he obtained major success for the performance by the city of Vienna, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto and Simon Boccanegra by Verdi, receiving a prize for this last production for best performance of the season, Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème by Puccini, Fedora by Giordano.
Marco Pucci Catena's operas have been staged in important Italian theatres, among which the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and the Teatro Bellini in Catania, and in theatres abroad such as the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Kammeroper in Vienna. He also participated in the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria and also in Laives (Bolzano) in Alto Adige.
Included in his future engagements are, a tour in Japan with La Bohème, Madama Butterfly in a production by the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Macbeth at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste.